167 episodes

RTI International’s Center for Forensic Science presents Just Science, a podcast for forensic science professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about how real crime laboratories are working to do their job better, produce more accurate results, become more efficient, and solve more crimes. This podcast deals with a range of issues, including leadership in the crime lab, new technologies, sexual assault response, and broader challenges for science and public security. We cover every type of forensic discipline, including DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, toxicology, controlled substances, crime scene investigation, and much more!

The first season of Just Science was developed by RTI International through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a program of the National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice and funded in part through cooperative agreement [2016-MU-BX-K110].

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RTI International’s Center for Forensic Science presents Just Science, a podcast for forensic science professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about how real crime laboratories are working to do their job better, produce more accurate results, become more efficient, and solve more crimes. This podcast deals with a range of issues, including leadership in the crime lab, new technologies, sexual assault response, and broader challenges for science and public security. We cover every type of forensic discipline, including DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, toxicology, controlled substances, crime scene investigation, and much more!

The first season of Just Science was developed by RTI International through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a program of the National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice and funded in part through cooperative agreement [2016-MU-BX-K110].

    Just Forensic Anthropology And Forensic Pathology Portfolio_21R&D_165

    Just Forensic Anthropology And Forensic Pathology Portfolio_21R&D_165

    In episode three of our 2021 NIJ R&D and Beyond mini season, Just Science sat down with Danielle McLeod-Henning, a physical scientist and program manager in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at NIJ, to discuss Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology. Danielle McLeod-Henning has been the physical scientist in charge of the forensic anthropology, pathology, and medicolegal death investigation portfolio since 2009. In that time, she has dedicated her efforts to bridging the gap between research and application. Listen along as she talks about technology translation, creating research connections outside of forensic science, and the NIJ research portfolio in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 35 min
    Just The Impression And Pattern/Trace Evidence Portfolio_21R&D_164

    Just The Impression And Pattern/Trace Evidence Portfolio_21R&D_164

    In episode two of our 2021 NIJ R&D and Beyond mini season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Gregory Dutton, a physical scientist in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice, to discuss NIJ’s Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence research portfolio.   Between latent fingerprints, firearms, footwear, paint analysis, and much more, the NIJ Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence portfolio encompasses a diverse array of forensic disciplines. As the scientist who oversees this portfolio, Dr. Dutton is constantly encouraging innovative solutions to forensic problems. Listen along as he discusses developing quantitative methods of comparison, the importance of collaboration between researchers and forensic service providers, and the NIJ’s Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence research portfolio in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 39 min
    Just Seized Drugs And Toxicology Portfolio_21R&D_163

    Just Seized Drugs And Toxicology Portfolio_21R&D_163

    In episode one of our 2021 NIJ R&D and Beyond mini season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Frances Scott, a physical scientist in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice, to discuss the Seized Drugs and Toxicology research and development portfolio.

    With the introduction of new and more complex substances every year, forensic laboratories need access to the most cutting-edge technology to stay on the forefront of the Opioid Epidemic. Dr. Francis Scott oversees NIJ's Seized Drugs and Forensic Toxicology R&D portfolio in a concerted effort to provide the latest quality research to the public. Listen along as she discusses the addition of the research for publicly funded labs program, the complexity of toxicology analysis, and the NIJ’s research portfolio in the discipline of seized drugs in this episode of Just Science. 

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 23 min
    Just A Guide To Sexual Assault Response Reform_SSAM21_162

    Just A Guide To Sexual Assault Response Reform_SSAM21_162

    In episode three of our Sexual Assault Awareness Month mini season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Patricia Melton, co-director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance program, to discuss a new resource that will help criminal justice practitioners support sexual assault response reform. 

    Creating a comprehensive, improved response to sexual assault requires policies and practices that are grounded in trauma-informed, victim-centered approaches. Criminal justice practitioners must invest in methodologies that foster multidisciplinary team engagement, training, and the implementation of technologies associated with tracking sexual assault forensic evidence. Dr. Melton has created a guide that addresses the complexities of sexual assault response reform. This resource highlights real-world solutions to foster improved resolutions to sexual assault cases while ensuring support to survivors.

    Sexual assault investigations can be exceptionally complex. As such, it’s important that forensic practitioners, investigators, and multidisciplinary teams have the best resources available to them. Dr. Melton and her team have been working on a guide that demonstrates a holistic approach to sexual assault response reform. Listen along as she discusses the value of multidisciplinary teams and her new resource, ‘Enacting an Improved Response to Sexual Assault; a Practitioner’s Guide to Successful Sexual Assault Response Reform,’ in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 32 min
    Just Victim Advocacy During A Pandemic_SAAM21_161

    Just Victim Advocacy During A Pandemic_SAAM21_161

    In episode two of our Sexual Assault Awareness Month mini season, Just Science sat down with Marya Simmons, founder and CEO of Shift in Notion Consulting, to discuss victim advocacy during a pandemic. 

    The arena of sexual assault response reform has seen a shift toward victim-centered approaches over the last several years. At Shift in Notion Consulting, Marya Simmons is at the forefront of this movement. She provides training and technical assistance for trauma informed, victim-centered approaches to victim advocacy, sexual assault investigation, and prosecution. Listen along as our guest discusses the beginning of Shift in Notion Consulting, supporting transgender survivors, and resources available to victims during the COVID-19 pandemic in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 32 min
    Just A Survivor’s Perspective And Reflection_SAAM21_160

    Just A Survivor’s Perspective And Reflection_SAAM21_160

    In episode one of our 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month mini season, Just Science sat down with author, non-profit founder, and sexual assault survivor Natasha Alexenko to discuss her book, A Survivor’s Journey, and the importance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    Every survivor of sexual assault has their own story. Some have experienced successful case resolutions and others have not, but all are on a journey of healing. As Natasha Alexenko says, each survivor is more than just their story. From advocacy to legislation, Natasha works tirelessly to improve the response to sexual assault in our country. Listen along as she discusses the impact of her book, the introduction of new legislation to improve sexual assault response, and recommendations for supporting survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic in this episode of Just Science.

    This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

MelissaLovesaMystery ,

Sexy Nerd Alert

Best Podcast for nerds (even if you think you are not a nerd...you should be). If you are in law enforcement or just a regular Joe or Josette who has an interest in ALL things science-y and justice. (See what they did there? JUST(ICE) Science) God I love a pithy podcast title!

Melissa-Just The Tip-Sters pod

psy ops ,

Great job!

This podcast does a great job interviewing professionals and discussing a jurors perception on processing evidence. It was made not only for professionals but also for students whom are learning about forensic psychology. I believe that this podcast reliable because of the information provided and the real life examples stated thoughout the interviews.

Amymichelle3 ,

Great.

This podcast was very well made. The audio is clear and is very easy to listen to. Just science does a great job finding people that are educated in the forensic field and caters to everyone who might possibly be interested in case studies and how certain things work in the forensic field. I recommend this podcast to anyone that wants to know more about how one comes up with the final verdict to any crime.

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